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American ReflexxxAlli Coates, Signe Pierce IFFR 2016 14′
Performance artist Signe Pierce walks down a busy street dressed in a tight, short dress and a reflective mask. The responses from passers-by are astounding.
Andrew a strong courageous warrior.A. Liparoto IFFR 2016 18′
A voyeuristic look at the daily life of Andrew and Abigail. They are increasingly becoming one, alternating between male and female. Which of them is real?
AriannaCarlo Lavagna IFFR 2016 84′
During a muggy summer, teenager Arianna slowly discovers the truth about her sexual identity that her parents have anxiously hidden from her. Intimate coming-of-age drama that developed from a documentary. Amateur actress Quadri is fascinating as the seeker Arianna in this captivating, subtle debut.
The Future AheadAmalia Ulman IFFR 2016 16′
Ulman uses online images of Justin Bieber to deal with the confusion surrounding Bieber's gender. Was he perhaps a woman at one point?
Gender Swap MachineBeAnotherLab IFFR 2016 360′
What would it be like in someone else’s body? The Gender Swap Machine installation provides a unique virtual-reality experience questioning gender identity and intimacy.
On the evening of Thursday 28 January and the afternoon of Saturday 30 January 2016, there will be live performances at the Gender Swap Machine. The installation can be visited daily at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 28 January to 7 February 2016 from 10:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays).
Please note: it could happen that you will have to wait before taking part in the installation. Every session takes about 15 minutes. You can sign up through a schedule on the same day.
GenderTubeIFFR 2016 0
The internet is the place for films about gender identity. GenderTube brings these together from various perspectives: film and video, art and fashion. During the festival the films can also be watched at your leisure in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s foyer. To watch them now, go to IFFR.com/gendernet.
Girls LostAlexandra-Therese Keining IFFR 2016 104′
Three best friends, bullied at school, magically transform into popular boys. They discover a whole new world, but after initial euphoria this soon leads to unexpected problems. This stylish fantasy film makes sexual identity and gender-confusion dilemmas accessible.
Las lindasMelisa Liebenthal IFFR 2016 77′
Melisa, filmmaker and character in The Pretty Ones is young, intelligent and funny, but also critical and ironic. She interviews her friends, reconstructs herself as a person using family photos and videos, and reflects on the images and expectations society has of young women. Charming debut.
MACelia Rowlson-Hall IFFR 2016 82′
In red cowboy boots and a T-shirt-like gown, a young woman wanders a desolate, American desert landscape. Instead of dialogue, the artistic choreography of surrealist, stylish images tells the story of the mysterious ‘Maria’ who seeks a special place. But why?
OutfitumentaryK8 Hardy IFFR 2016 82′
What do your daily clothing choices say about your sexual identity and gender? And what are its political connotations? K8 Hardy dealt with these questions by filming her own outfits for 10 years. Remarkable video work in which she records, comments on and allows us to experience her changing queer identity.
Portrait of Man - Invasion of the HerbivoresEndre Aalrust IFFR 2016 21′
How do we experience manliness from a variety of cultural conventions? Fascinating documentary on personal experiences in Tokyo’s colourful gay scene.
Strange LoveNatasha Mendonca IFFR 2016 75′
Transgender Khush wants to transform his female body into a muscly Bollywood one. Suman is a musician whose work criticises the conservative socio-political climate in India. Their lives keep intersecting in this modern, hybrid portrait of the metropolis Mumbai. Exceptional, stimulating and original.
TransparentJill Soloway IFFR 2016 300′
Funny, moving series about the relationships and transformations of members of an upper middle-class Jewish family in LA. In Season 1 the father comes out as transgender. In Season 2 all the relationships are detailed and tested. A revolutionary addition to contemporary TV. Marathon screening of Season 2.